Forcing Employees to Act Happy Only Makes Them More Miserable

by Ephrat Livni

In theory, cheerful employees make companies look like they’re good employers, which woos consumers. But as it turns out, mandating a positive attitude at work can actually backfire on bosses. Take the case of Thomas Nagle, an employee at a Trader Joe’s in Manhattan, who last week filed a complaint ... Read & React

How to Cure Your Post-Election Stress

by Katherine Ellen Foley

The 2016 US presidential election has dragged on for an almost sickeningly long time. The toxicity between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has gotten to the point where no one wants to know anything more about either of them. So now that we’re mere hours (hopefully) from counting the final votes ... Read & React

What Percentage of Employees Check Work Emails From Home?

by Jeremy Venook

On Oct. 28, in yet another unexpected twist to an already exhausting campaign cycle, James Comey, the director of the FBI, sent a letter to eight Congressional committee chairs revealing that the agency would be reviewing a number of emails “that appear to be pertinent to the investigation” of ... Read & React

Your Election Day Primer for the Presidential Transition

It's time for agencies to put out the welcome mat for a new administration.
by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Last March, when President Obama signed the Edward ‘Ted’ Kaufman and Michael Leavitt Presidential Transitions Improvements Act into law, he set in motion a governmentwide effort to transfer power to a new administration long before today’s election. The transition teams empowered by the law are to ... Read & React

How to Deal with Election Anger? Try a Little Tenderness

Clinton and Trump merchandise sits at a shop in Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.
by Laurel Mellin University of California, San Francisco

As we move closer to Election Day, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief, but there is another mood percolating. Many of us feel anger, a deep, fire in the belly anger that it has come to this. We may feel like caged lions, spitting mad, but told to quiet down, be civil and act nice. That seems ... Read & React

It’s Hard to Overstate How Awful the Government’s Pay System Is

by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

It’s that time again. The Federal Salary Council will soon announce its estimate of the salary gap between government employees and their private sector counterparts. Last December, the council reported salaries paid under the General Schedule system were 35 percent lower than private sector ... Read & React

Why Morning People Thrive

by James Hamblin, MD

Social jet lag was described by chronobiologists (those who study the brain’s time-keeping mechanisms) at University of Munich in 2006 as “misalignment of biological and social time.” That could mean, for example, that when the world is saying it’s time for bed, you’re not tired. When the world is ... Read & React

What is the Secret to Success?

by Melissa J. Ferguson and Clayton R. Critcher

At hundreds of colleges and universities across the country, thousands of students are in the midst of the fall semester, trying to manage the academic tasks of studying, exams, papers and lectures. A lot is riding on their academic performance – earning (or just keeping) scholarships, landing ... Read & React

Here Come the New Appointees: 6 Ways to Smooth the Transition

The next wave of political appointees is almost at the gates. In just three months, roughly 3,000 of them will begin to assume their new roles. Between an onerous vetting process, controversy about past actions and statements, and a sometimes reluctant Senate (about 550 positions—way too ... Read & React

When Civic Degradation Tops Civic Engagement

by Stan Soloway President/CEO, Celero Strategies, LLC

According to every poll, we are a nation divided. Certainly the tenor and tone of the current election cycle has done nothing but amplify those divisions. Thus, one of the next president’s most immediate and critical challenges will be finding ways in which to overcome the anger and vitriol that ... Read & React

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